It hasn't been a very good 48 hours for the Falcons. They lost to the Jets at home on a Monday night, fell to 1-4 and superstar wideout Julio Jones is out for the season with a foot injury. Now add Roddy White to the list of issues.
White suffered a hamstring injury and wasn't able to return to the game against New York. Now Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Falcons are concerned White could miss "could miss at least one game, possibly more" because of the hamstring injury he suffered on Monday.
Let's just go ahead and assume that Jones, best case, is out several months (10 weeks in the absolute best case?). He's getting a second opinion in Charlotte on Wednesday and Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday at his press conference he wasn't very optimistic.
Take away White because of the hammy injury and suddenly Matt Ryan is left with nothing. Tony Gonzalez is a very good tight end, even at his age, but if he's Ryan's top weapon he'll be smothered by double coverage the entire time.
Ryan's offensive line is also thinned out by injury -- you could really see the lack of protection in the penetration from Sheldon Richardson and Mo Wilkerson on Monday -- and he doesn't have time to throw. He needs dynamic playmakers to help right the ship.
But those playmakers sure don't look like they'll take the field any time soon, which means the Falcons struggles could easily continue.